First ever Asian Zing Throwdown set for June 29

June 20, 2012 | Glenn Clark

I’ve done a number of stupid things in the four years since I returned home to Baltimore and joined the crew at

I guess in fairness I had done plenty of stupid things before ever joining the crew.

That said, my dumbest moments since returning to WNST are almost certainly related to competitive eating. A year ago I attempted to devour 40 Chicken Minis from Chick-Fil-A in 10 minutes (I fell eight short). The results led to the picture above.

It wasn’t good. The year before that, I successfully “Beat the Weenie”, taking down 12 Nathan’s Famous style hot dogs in ten minutes. I got the job done that time. (Neat thing about the video below? Drew Forrester references Frank Mata. I’ll bet many of you had already forgotten he EVER pitched for the Baltimore Orioles.)

Joey Chestnut I am not, but I am proud every year to attempt to honor our great American champion before he takes the stage on Coney Island to represent the Red, White and Blue. It’s a 4th of July “tradition unlike any other” to borrow a term from Jim Nantz.

So…we’re doing it again this year. I make my triumphant return to “The Morning Reaction” next Friday (June 29) to once again attempt to honor Joey Chestnut and raise some money for a deserving area charity. We’ve made a few changes for this year’s event.

This year’s event is called “The Asian Zing Throwdown” and is presented by our friends at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air. Not only will we attempt to honor Joey Chestnut, but we will also hope to “reverse the curse” of Bill Cundiff’s missed 32 yard field at the end of the AFC Championship Game. To do os, I will aim to eat 32 boneless Asian Zing flavored wings in just eight minutes. They look like these.

I’ve never had more than 10 of these suckers in a sitting, so my gut immediately is that I can’t do it. I’m certainly willing to give it a shot though. That’s not the only thing we’ve changed this year. We’re also…for the first time ever…making the challenge an actual competition. Not only will I look to beat the clock, I’ll also look to defeat competition.